The reason behind reading Ramayana at homes during Ramayana Month
Sree rama rama, sree ramabhadra jaya
Sree rama rama rama Lokabhirama jaya
Sree rama rama rama Ravananthaka jaya
Sree rama rama Hridi ramatham rama rama”
Why Ramayana is recited in Hindu temples and homes during the gloomy month of Karkidakam?
Have you ever thought that? It’s a month of bad omens when no good celebrations, rituals or marriages are conducted. Heavy rainfall implies no good signs for active work or anything else. In old days, when poor people lived in thatched homes, heavy rainfall leaves everything soaked, and people used to place small vessels and pots to collect leaking water. Those old memories of Karkidakam have gone! Yet traditions and beliefs associated with it have not faded. Monsoon and those dark clouds definitely bring some nostalgic moments back.
It’s also believed that Saint Valmiki completed epic Ramayana during this month. The fifth kandam – Sundara Kandam of Ramayana which tells the story of Hanuman is usually recited during this period. Thus Hanuman too forms an important figure of Ramayana Month. As per Hindu mythology reading Ramayana gives easy path to moksha, and that’s also one reason why people prefer to read Ramayana.
An empty seat for Hanuman while reading Ramayana
Old people follow the tradition to keep a seat empty while reading Ramayana at temples, gatherings or at home during Ramayana month. This seat is specially reserved for Hanuman backing the popular belief that wherever Ramayana is recited, Hanuman will be present.
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